Used Car Vehicle History Report
Buying a Used Car?
Get the complete vehicle history including mileage check, title information and accidents.
AutoCheck® vehicle history reports include more accident information than every before so you won't have to wonder later on whether you bought the right car.
Vehicle History Report $29.99
Get an accurate Vehicle History Report for any car, truck or van before you purchase your next used vehicle.
Each Vehicle History Report Includes:
- Fire Damage
- Rolled Back
- Exceeds Limits
- Suspect Mileage
- Frame Damage
- Salvage Auction
- Water Damage
- Police / Taxi Use
- Fleet Vehicle
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Used Car Vehicle History Reports
Obtaining a vehicle history report (also known as a VIN check, VIN report, and car history report) for a used car is as important as a test drive. Vehicle identification number (VIN) checks are the vehicular equivalents of DNA and not only reveal information about a vehicle's previous owners, DMV back-fees, and make/model details, but they also provide you with important information about damage, accidents, and previous uses of the vehicle.
With a vehicle history report, you can learn about a vehicle's entire past, giving you insight on whether the seller you're dealing with is trustworthy and allows you to assess and negotiate with confidence and peace of mind.
As a seller, ordering your own vehicle's VIN check/vehicle history report can prepare you to answer any questions a buyer may have about the car you're selling.
A vehicle history report (VHR) lowers the risk when purchasing a car. It forces sellers to be honest because all car details are revealed. Many sellers, dealers, and private parties now include these reports in their sales pitches as a means of establishing their honesty and as proof they're selling at a fair market price.
In a vehicle history report, you'll generally find information about:
- Whether the vehicle was ever deemed a lemon.
- The vehicle's accident history.
- If the vehicle ever incurred frame damage.
- If the vehicle ever sustained flood damage.
- If the vehicle was ever declared a total loss.
- How many times the airbags were deployed.
- If the vehicle's odometer has been altered.
- If the vehicle was ever used as a rental.
- If the vehicle was ever used as a taxi or shuttle car.
- How many owners a car has had.
- The vehicle's available service record history.
Since the information included in a vehicle history report is comprehensive, vehicle history report companies harvest information from a network of sources including:
- Fire and police departments.
- Auto repair shops.
- Auto auctions.
- Motor vehicle agencies.
A vehicle history report should include information about every state that the vehicle has been titled and registered in and any accidents or damage that may have occurred in those states.
Additionally, a VIN check can inform law enforcement whether a vehicle has been reported as stolen. Be wary of a seller that is reluctant to provide you with a vehicle's VIN number.
Exercise caution if any of following red flags appear on your VIN report:
- Odometer tampering―Most car experts advise to walk away, no matter how enticing the price, from any vehicle with an altered odometer.
- Failed emission tests―If you reside in an area requiring emission inspections, you'll be facing a hefty repair bill to make the vehicle street legal and mechanically able to pass a smog check/vehicle inspection.
- Proof of major accident―Hidden costly and dangerous damages, like cracked frames, are common.
- Salvaged vehicles―Come with no guarantees and can be mechanical breakdowns waiting to happen.
- Flood damage―Potential engine damages due to flood damage are difficult to detect and generally expensive to repair.
If you have any questions about something that appears on a vehicle history report/VIN check you order, contact the vehicle history company that you ordered the report from.Other Topics in This Section